Aligning Forces for Quality
This program received support from the Foundation between 2005 and 2017.
Improving the quality, equality and value of regional health care markets.
Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.
This 16-site, community-based health care quality improvement initiative ran from 2007 through 2015. The 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities that participated cover 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.
Using multi-stakeholder alliances and regional coalitions to coordinate efforts across providers and organizations, the program addressed five main areas:
- Measurement and public reporting of health care quality and efficiency for ambulatory physician practices and hospitals;
- Efforts to engage consumers as partners in their own care (consumer engagement);
- Adoption and spread of effective quality improvement strategies to improve care;
- Ensuring the equitable receipt of health care; and
- Integration of alliance activities with payment reform initiatives.
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ReportAligning Forces for Quality: A Tremendous Journey
August 14, 2015
Aligning Forces demonstrated—with the right leader and a diverse group of participants—it’s possible to overcome long-established silos and historical mistrust to achieve better care in a region.
Blog PostEvaluating a Ten-Year Effort to Transform Health Care
September 21, 2016
Research on RWJF’s quality improvement initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, shares lessons on the barriers that health collectives face, and how successful cultural shifts have helped transform health systems.
Blog PostHow Can We Measure High Value Care? Consider the Patient Point of View
June 29, 2015
Health care is centered around human relationships, which is why it is so important the voices of the people the system is designed to help—patients and their families—are heard by those defining and measuring care.
Updating Dartmouth Atlas measures used in evaluating the success of the Aligning Forces for Quality program
Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015
The Foundation's initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Place, was designed to help communities across the country align health care forces to improve the quality of health care.The primary objective of this project is to update Dartmouth Atlas measures that are being used in the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) evaluation.
Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project, 2014-2015
Wed Aug 27 00:00:00 EDT 2014
The Foundation's initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Place, was designed to help communities across the country align health care forces to improve the quality of health care.The Foundation is seeking to sustain high quality patient-centered and equitable care in a set of targeted regions by 2015.
Conducting an extended analysis of the third round of the National Study of Physician Organizations and disseminating findings
Tue Jul 08 00:00:00 EDT 2014
The Foundation's initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Place, was designed to help communities across the country align health care forces to improve the quality of health care.This project supports research investigators and staff at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and Weill Cornell Medical Center in conducting additional analyses of data from the third round of the National Study of Physician Organizations (NSPO3).